House Energy and Commerce - Telephone Solicitation - 18726-1-DVD - House Energy and Commerce Committee. Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. The committee heard testimony on H.R. 1304, the Telephone Advertising and Consumer Rights Act, and H.R. 1305, the Telephone Consumer Privacy Rights Act. The two bills were introduced to protect the consumer from unwanted electronic solicitation and to protect the consumer's privacy against unwanted caller identification. H.R. 1304 would allow consumers to put their telephone numbers into a restricted telephone database off limits to telephone solicitation. Witnesses testified on advertising solicitation techniques using the telephone, including automatic dialers and "junk FAX" advertising. They also testified on the use of "caller ID", which allows the receiver of a telephone call to know the number of the party making the call before answering. Opponents of caller ID fear anonymous phone calls to police hotlines or medical help lines will be prevented if the caller thinks he or she may be identified through the service. Mr. Cooper said callers also do not want to give their telephone number out to businesses who may then use it to pester the customer for a sale. Filmed by C-SPAN. Non-commercial use only. For more information, see http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/18726-1
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